This certificate is designed for RPNs employed in and/or seeking to advance their practice in obstetric nursing following a holistic, comprehensive model of care. Content spans pregnancy through postpartum and newborn with a focus on low risk situations and settings. It includes understanding historical perspectives and current themes, relevant assessments, evidence-informed nursing interventions, and development of collaborative partnerships with obstetrical clients, families, support persons, and other interprofessional team members.
There are opportunities for developing high level critical thinking, care planning, leadership and professional practice skills while exploring personal reflection and ethics. Special attention is paid to current trends in maternity care in hospital and community settings in Canada. This certificate is based on the Canadian Association of Perinatal and Women’s Health Nurses (CAPWHN) Perinatal nursing standards in Canada and the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) competencies for perinatal nurses.
Please note that the courses in this certificate need to be taken in a specific order. Check that you have obtained the necessary pre-requisite prior to registering for a course. Learners without the necessary pre-requisites will be removed from courses and charged the administrative fee.
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For nurses enrolled in legacy or previous versions of the certificate/theory courses, the final date to submit a PLAR application for the clinical course (CORN 504, NEPH 505, 506, OBST 510) will be March 15, 2022. Please contact the program advisor to ensure eligibility prior to this date. After March 15, 2022, certificates for legacy programs will no longer be granted. The program advisor can provide information on how to upgrade your certificate to the latest curriculum.
If you wish to be enrolled in the Obstetric Nursing - RPN certificate please select Next Steps below
Humber also offers Obstetrics Nursing – RN Certificate.
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|Course Name||2023/2024 Academic Year||2024/2025 Academic Year|
|OBST 520: Essentials of Pre-Pregnancy and Prenatal Care|
|OBST 521: Understanding Labour, Birth and Women and Newborns at Low Risk|
|OBST 524: Postpartum and newborn: Assessment and initial management|
|OBST 529: Obstetric Nursing - Clinical Practicum for the RPN|
|OBST 608: Human Milk Feeding Basics|
The registered practical nurse participates in this clinical course and applies theoretical principles and knowledge within the acute perinatal clinical setting. The registered practical nurse demonstrates safe and professional practice at the novice level in the postpartum unit and observes during one shift within the labour and birth unit. The registered practical nurse follows the Perinatal Nursing Standards in Canada (Canadian Association of Perinatal and Women’s Health Nurses, [CAPWHN] 2018) and central concepts that underpin perinatal nursing of the Canadian Nurses’ Association. By establishing relationships with the postpartum person and neonate at low risk and the family, the registered practical nurse will facilitate communication, assessment, and education skills with families from diverse backgrounds in varied provincial level 1 or 2 hospital settings. The registered practical nurse collaborates effectively with Humber College faculty and members of the health care facility in this preceptored, clinical course and reflects daily upon learning opportunities.
The Obstetric Nursing-RPN clinical is 150 hours (in postpartum with 1 shift of observation in Labour and Birth) and must be completed within a 3-month term. Nurses are required to do two shifts weekly following their preceptor’s schedule.
Here is the link for Health Clearance requirements Health Clearance which may take three months for you to complete. Once your Health Clearance is completed you may register for the clinical course.
Learners critically examine their knowledge base, attitudes, and biases regarding infant feeding and learn about the significance of the WHO Code & Baby Friendly Initiative. Students also learn how to assess and manage common concerns with human milk feeding in the initial postpartum period. Emphasis will be placed on effective communication skills and the impact of social support for the infant and family, and on promoting self-efficacy in infant feeding. This course is based upon the Canadian Nurses’ Association competencies, the Canadian Association of Perinatal and Women’s Health Nurses (CAPWHN), Public Health Agency of Canada, and the clinical competencies of the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners.
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